Composer Marvin Hamlisch — one of only 11 people to win all four big showbiz awards (Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony) — died Monday at age 68.
Of the grand slam winners, Hamlisch earned the most Oscars (three) and Grammys (four) and is tied with Mike Nichols for the most Emmys (four). Only Hamlisch and the very first grand slammer, Richard Rodgers, also have the Pulitzer Prize.
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Hamlisch won his three Academy Awards in 1973 for both the title song and dramatic score of “The Way We Were” and the adapted/original score of Best Picture champ “The Sting.”
His work on those two films brought him three Grammys the following year — Song of the Year and TV/Movie Score Album for “The Way We Were” and Pop Instrumental Performance for “The Entertainer” (the theme from “The Sting”). He also won Best New Artist.
In 1976, he claimed a Tony for the Score of Best Musical winner “A Chorus Line” and shared in the Pulitzer Prize for that groundbreaking tuner as well.
He reunited with “The Way We Were” songstress Barbra Streisand for her 1994 concert and won Emmys the following year for his music direction and original song. Those top TV honors completed the EGOT, placing him at number six on the list of those who achieved this grand slam.
Hamlisch won another Emmy for an original song for the 1999 AFI special “100 Years … 100 Movies” and a fourth Emmy in 2001 for the music direction on another Streisand TV special, “Timeless: The Concert.”